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USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8)

- Military Sealift Command -


Photo by Thomas Heinrich.

USNS WALLY SCHIRRA is the eighth LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.

General Characteristics:Awarded: January 11, 2005
Keel laid: April 14, 2008
Launched: March 8, 2009
Delivered: September 1, 2009
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators
Propellers: one
Length: 689 feet (210 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)
Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Dry Cargo Capacity: 1,388,000 cubic feet
Fuel Cargo Capacity: 26,000 barrels
Aircraft: two helicopters
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy
Homeport: East Coast


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS WALLY SCHIRRA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Name:

USNS WALLY SCHIRRA is named after Walter "Wally" Schirra Jr., a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Navy test pilot who served in both World War II and the Korean War. On Oct. 3, 1962, Schirra became the fifth American in space and is honored as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He holds the distinction of being the only astronaut to fly in each of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Schirra officially retired from the Navy and NASA in 1969.


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